Democrat Raphael Warnock, a pastor from Atlanta, defeated Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler in one of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs Wednesday, becoming the first Black senator in his state’s history.
The special election was called early Wednesday morning by ABC News and The Associated Press, with Warnock receiving over 46,000 more votes than Loeffler.
“The other day, because this is America, the 82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else’s cotton picked her youngest son to be a United States senator. Tonight, we proved with hope, hard work, and the people by our side, anything is possible,” Warnock said in his victory speech. “May my story be an inspiration to some young person who is trying to grasp and grab hold of the American dream.”